Frequently Asked Questions
Do the students understand English?
Yes. Kenya is a former British colony and English is used as the main mode of communication. Therefore, English is taught from pre-primary school and lessons are taught in English in all public schools. However, Kiswahili is the national language.
Why not just send tablets instead of books?
The learners would love to use computers or tablets and with time, once rural electrification reaches most of the regions, this dream could come true. LFK is focused on rural areas without internet connectivity and based on the condition of the schools in those regions, there is no data or voice service to support digital communication. Most of the schools are also not connected with electricity power and parents cannot afford solar installation.
What support does the government give the schools
Since the unveiling of the new curriculum, the government has been sending a few textbooks, but learners have to share at least 5 books in a class of 40-50 learners.
Reference materials such as Dictionaries, Kamusi (Swahili dictionary), Atlases, reference globe, revision books (exam based texts), pictorial wall charts, files, religion books (bible, hindu, quran) and story books are not provided by the government at all.
Under the free public schools initiative, government normally sends them $5.50 per child per year. So, a schools with 100 students would receive $550.00. This is hardly enough for maintenance services at the schools, pay the watchman, and buy teaching materials such as chalks, pens, blackboard, pay the cook, buy desks, etc. Parents try to top up the funds to supporting operations but in rural areas, the situation forces them to just focus on surviving under unhealthy conditions.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BECOME A PARTNER AT LIBRARIES FOR KIDS?
Your support reaches out to schools in East Africa and beyond to help students thirsty for knowledge. When you commit to a monthly gift you ensure that these schools have libraries and options for students to expand their knowledge. Our promise to you is to share the stories of children whose lives you are changing through:
- Email updates
- Reports from our partners and teachers in the schools
- Results and highlights of the schools you are funding
- Invitations to special events.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Donate books in excellent condition to ship to rural schools in underdeveloped countries. Examples would be:
- Encyclopedias/World Books
- Children’s Story Books
- History, geography, science, agriculture books
- Maps & Atlases
- Provide expertise and contacts in East Africa
- Provide opportunities to spread the word about Libraries For Kids in churches, civic groups, radio, TV. etc.
- Donate money for shipping books and buying textbooks and other educational materials and supplies
HOW DO I MAKE A WIRE TRANSFER TO LIBRARIES FOR KIDS?
Please contact Roy Austin at 843-597-4826
HOW WILL MY DONATION BE SPENT?
Donations in form of funds will be spend on shipment of the books and purchase of others. Old books donated will be sold for funds to support other operations such as payment for services at the foundations.
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
The United States IRS has approved Libraries For Kids as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization so donations of books and money are tax deductible. Libraries For Kids is also a registered charity in South Carolina, USA.
WHERE DO I MAIL MY DONATION TO BOOKS FOR KIDS?
Please make checks payable to Libraries For Kids and mail them to either:
Chris Hervochon CPA, CVA, Treasurer, 5 Royal Pointe Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
H. Roy Austin CPA, CMA, Chair, 15 Trescot Lane, Bluffton, SC 29909
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF MY SUPPORT?
Your gift, pooled with other support, will provide children in rural areas of underdeveloped countries with access to a library to broaden their educational experience.
I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THE WEB DONATION I MADE.
Web donations will show up on our database approximately 24 hours after the transaction is complete, but donors will receive an immediate confirmation of their donation.
H. Roy Austin CPA CMA (Chair, Libraries For Kids) 15 Trescot Lane Bluffton, SC 29909
Chris Hervochon CPA, CVA (Treasurer) 5 Royal Pointe Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926